Ohio Avenue

Ohio Avenue

 Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Finally a band that really ROCKS! Ohio Avenue performs high energy originals mixed with favorites like Bon Jovi's "Livin on a Prayer" and the unexpected "Womanizer" by Britney Spears. Their dynamic live show keeps audiences on their feet for hours!


Ohio Avenue exploded onto the rock music scene in 2005 with a sound that demanded attention. Pairing high-energy live performances with captivating lyrics, these Alabama natives continue to make fans wherever they perform.

Their name was inspired by a street in Indiana where lead singer Derek Williams grew up. “When my parents divorced, my mother moved my brother and I to Alabama,” says Williams. “We ended up leaving our lives and comforts behind to take a big risk as a family. Fast forward a few years and I felt like I was back in the same situation. Our band, Ohio Avenue, decided to try to play music full time. It was a big risk for us to leave our day jobs and rely on the band for income, but we knew it was the right thing to do.”

Though relatively new to the rock scene, the band has managed to make a powerful impact. Their debut EP was produced by Barry Blair and their single “Close to Me” received airplay across the Southeast. The band just finished a full-length project in May 2009 with producer Adam Smith called “The Sound.” Ohio Avenue has landed opening slots for bands like Switchfoot and Needtobreathe. Most recently, the band has been invited to play at music festivals like Enfuego, City Stages, The Big Ticket Festival, and Cornerstone. In addition, Ohio Avenue was a favorite at NACA South 2009, booking over 30 shows at colleges across the Southeast.

As of today, Ohio Avenue is traveling and performing at venues all over the Southeast. They hope that their music will impact the people they meet in a meaningful way.

Union College - Barbourville, KY
University of Alabama - Huntsville, AL
Pfeiffer University - Misenheimer, NC
Huntington College - Montgomery, AL
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, FL
Lambuth University - Memphis, TN
Spring Hill College - Mobile, AL
Southern Polytechnic Univ - Marietta, GA
Armstrong Atlantic Univ - Savannah, GA
N Georgia College & State - Dahlonega, GA
Univ of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, VA
Longwood Univ - Farmville, VA
Concord Univ - Athens, WV
Lander Univ - Greenwood, SC
USC - Aiken, SC
USC Beaufort - Bluffton, SC
Lord Fairfax Community College - Warrenton, VA
George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
Kennesaw State - Kennesaw, GA
Cottey College - Nevada, MO
University of South Alabama - Mobile, AL
Emory & Henry University - Emory, VA
UNC - Charlotte, NC


The Sound (2009)
Make Me Believe EP (2007)

Set List

Typical sets are 45 minutes to 1 hour long and include originals and a few covers.

Originals include Catch Me, The Sound, Send Me, The Cure, Running Away, and Liar, Liar.

Covers include:
Livin on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Womanizer - Britney Spears
Vertigo - U2
Plus several more depending on what is popular at the time